Synonym ► Panicum colonum Linn.
Family ► Gramineae; Poaceae.
Habitat ► Cultivated in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.
English ► Shama millet.
Ayurvedic ► Varaka.
Siddha/Tamil ► Karumpul, Varsanam-pillu.
Folk ► Jangali sawuk, Shamaa, Saanvaa.
Action ► Diuretic.
The protein content of the dehusked millet is higher when compared to rice. Except for lysine all other essential amino acids are present in fair quantity. The grains are a rich source of zinc and iron.
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